Color-Screen Display w/Remote ControlInternet 3G ApplicationsBuilt-in BluetoothUSB/SD/iPod IntegrationAudio Section
Color-Screen Display w/ Remote Control
3.2" Color-Screen Display: The Parrot Asteroid Mini
includes a 3.2" color-screen display which allows you to view setting menus, phonebook contacts, music song/artist info with
album art, internet applications, and more. You can adjust the 3.2" color
screen's brightness and switch from Day or Night mode. The Asteroid Mini comes
with a self-adhesive mounting bracket to install the color-screen display on the
dash of your vehicle. Once the color-screen display is mounted, it can be
adjusted on the ball-and-socket bracket for best visibility.
Note: The color-screen display measures 3.75" (w) x 2.125" (h) x
Remote Control: The Parrot Asteroid Mini comes with a remote control
which features 11-buttons and a rotary dial. The remote operates every function
of the Asteroid Mini. The remote control can be mounted to your dash via its
integrated self-adhesive bracket (within arms-reach of the driver). The remote
can operate off of the included CR2032 3V battery, or by using the included
power cable to connect it to the Asteroid Mini's hide-away box.
Note: The remote control measures 1.625" (w) x 2.5" (h) x 1.0"
Hide-Away Box: The Parrot Asteroid Mini also includes a hide-away box
which contains most the device's connections (3 USB Ports, Line-In, 2 Line-Outs,
Display connector, Remote-connector, Wiring-harness). The hide-away box can be located behind your vehicle's factory radio
or under the dash.
Note: The hide-away box measures 5.9375" (w) x 1.1875"
(h) x 4.5" (d).
Installation: Installing the Parrot Asteroid Mini is done by inserting
it between your car's factory stereo and speaker system. The Asteroid Mini can
be installed in almost any vehicle audio system and is fitted with ISO
connectors. However, the majority of North American car manufacturers use other
types of connectors. Many professional installers work around this by
simply splicing the Asteroid Mini's wiring harness into the factory audio
system. Others, however, prefer to use a
T-harness solution that can make installing the Parrot Asteroid Mini a lot
simpler. Please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible and if there is a
T-harness adapter available.
Note: Although not required for installation, the T-harness
does simplify the installation. Inexperienced installers may have difficulty
hardwiring the kit without the T-harness adapter. You can download car
installation example guides from
Steering Wheel Control Interface: A
steering wheel control interface (333UNIKA, sold separately) can be used to connect your vehicle's
steering wheel controls to the Parrot Asteroid Mini. With this interface, you
will be able to make phone calls via the steering wheel controls while keeping
your hands on the wheel. This
steering wheel control interface is compatible with over 200 vehicle models from
34 different automotive brands.
Android OS: The Parrot Asteroid Mini features an embedded
Android 1.5 operating system which allows the use of downloadable Internet
applications & navigation services from the
Asteroid Market, thanks to its 3G and GPS capabilities.
Note: Use of the Parrot Asteroid Mini's Internet apps
requires the use of a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately) or
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone which is 3G compatible.
Internet 3G Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Mini can
connect to the Internet using either a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately)
or using a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone's 3G data sharing network
- 3G Internet/USB dongle: Clickhere
for 3G Stick Compatibility. To guarantee optimal reception, Parrot
recommends you do not connect your 3G Internet USB dongle on the Parrot
Asteroid Mini directly; use the USB cable to install your device on the
dashboard (or any other open area).
- Bluetooth-Enabled 3G smartphone: Clickhere
for compatible Bluetooth-enabled 3G smartphones.
Note: Connecting the Parrot Asteroid Mini to the Internet
using an 3G Network USB dongle requires an appropriate subscription & may
provider for more information. Make sure you check regularly your allowance
GPS Receiver/Antenna: The Parrot Asteroid Mini includes an
external GPS receiver/antenna module which plugs into a USB port on back of the
hide-away box. The GPS receiver/antenna module works in conjunction with the
unit's navigation & driver assistance apps. The GPS receiver/antenna module
should be installed in a unobstructed area along your vehicle's dashboard.
Internet Apps from the Asteroid Market: Several types of
Internet Apps (music, geo-location, driver assistance, weather, etc) from the
Asteroid Market can be downloaded onto the Parrot Asteroid Mini, using an
SD-card. First you will need to create an Asteroid Market account and register
your device from your computer. Once you have registered the Asteroid Mini, you
can then download applications from the Asteroid Market onto an SD-card inserted
into your computer. Once you have finished downloading the apps you want, insert
the SD-card into the Asteroid Mini receiver to upload the new applications.
Note: The Parrot Asteroid Mini is a multitasking device, so
several applications can run simultaneously. To ensure that you do not
continue to use 3G data, make sure to close applications. The use of some
applications may require a fee or need a subscription. All applications may
not be available in all countries.
Travel Apps: The Parrot Asteroid Mini offers several travel
type applications to help you along your drive.
- Maps (free): The Maps application informs you about
traffic, gives you POI's around your current location, and even offers to
guide you to them via its on-screen map. This app does not offer
turn-by-turn audible directions.
- Roadtrip (free): Roadtrip is an application combining
the beautiful photos of Panoramio, tourist information from Wikipedia, and
Google Maps. It allows you to (1) Be alerted of tourist points of interest
around your location (2) Receive information on tourist places of interest
(3) Hear the summary of the point of interest and weather forecast vocally
(4) To call some points of interest and even goes to them.
- Waze GPS (free): A cool social GPS driving and navigation app
that connects you to other drivers. Waze is a fun, community-based traffic &
navigation app, 30 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to
outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone's daily
commute. With community-generated real-time traffic, you'll always get the
best route to your destination. By simply driving around with Waze open,
you're already contributing tons real-time traffic & road info to your local
driving community. You can also actively report accidents, hazards, police
and other events you see on the road, and get road alerts coming up on your
- Wikango HD US (free download + subscription): The
Wikango HD application legally notifies you of the presence of mobile speed
cameras, as well as of road traffic incidents and disruptions. Its operating
principle is community-based; you are notified of the presence of speed
cameras after another Wikango community member sees one and
then reports it. 6 months of Wikango service is included free of charge.
Additional 12 months service is $24.99.
- Best Parking (free): BestParking is a free parking
search engine that steers drivers toward the cheapest and most convenient
parking garages and lots in 55 cities and 80 airports throughout North
Weather App (free): The Weather app informs you of
conditions and weather forecasts for several days around your position or in any
city on the world.
Internet Radio: The Parrot Asteroid Mini provides access to
TuneIn and Spotify online music services.
- TuneIn Radio App (free): TuneIn is a free way to listen
to music, sports and news from every corner of the earth, with over 70,000
radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs.
- Spotify (free download + $9.99 monthly subscription):
Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of
the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and
counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share
music with your friends.
Roadhub: Roadhub is a Business app for your car, connected
to your Salesforce CRM/Business tools. Features include (1) Calls- Know who to
call, call, and plan a call-back. Each call is logged into your CRM. (2) Chatter
Feeds - Get news, new client messages, etc. from your colleagues. Listen to each
Chatter feed with Text-to-speech, 'like' a feed, call-back your colleague or a
Bluetooth Technology: The Parrot Asteroid Mini features
built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR) for advanced hands-free communication &
wireless audio streaming. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your
phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain
profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile),
HSP 1.0 (Handset Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone
Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: The Parrot Asteroid is 100% Bluetooth compatible with
virtually every Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, smartphone, PDA, & tablet
(including Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry). You can visit
Support Site to confirm that your cell phone is compatible.
Pairing: You can pair up to 10 devices with the Parrot
Asteroid Mini. The Asteroid Mini allows you to use the telephone & audio
streaming functions from two different smartphones without having to disconnect
one of them.
Hands-Free Communication: The Parrot Asteroid Mini supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
remote control of the Asteroid Mini can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. You can listen to phone calls through your vehicle's
speakers and talk through the Asteroid Mini's external microphone. The Parrot
Asteroid Mini can retrieve phonebook contacts, and call history from your
Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
Call Waiting & Caller ID: During a call, you can receive
another call if your phone supports this functionality. If your Bluetooth
enabled cell-phone supports Caller I.D., the caller's name (if in phonebook)
will be announced to you over your vehicle's speakers. The Asteroid Mini also displays the name (if in phonebook).
Double External Microphone: The Parrot Asteroid Mini
features an external double microphone with noise reduction (NR 3.0), echo
cancellation (AEC), and full duplex operation which provides crystal clear calls
at normal conversation level. The microphone features an integrated adjustable
mounting bracket with an adhesive backing. The integrated bracket also features
a mounting hole to attach the microphone with an optional self-tapping screw. In
addition, the microphone comes supplied with a visor clip to mount to your
vehicle's sun-visor. The ideal location for the microphone is near the rear-view
mirror. The microphone needs to be pointed towards the user.
Note: You can mute the head unit's microphone so you can
still hear the caller, but the caller cannot hear you.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Parrot Asteroid Mini also
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth
enabled audio player or smartphone. The Asteroid Mini will be able to control
basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music and music apps;
such as Play/Pause & Skip Next/Previous. The head unit will also display your
stored music and music apps song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album
title. Advanced music control of your music will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. All audio will played back through your car's
speakers (front & back).
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress
from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so
you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will
USB Memory/SD-Card Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Mini
supports playback of USB mass storage class devices and SD/SDHC memory cards.
- 3 USB Ports: The Parrot Asteroid Mini's hide-away box
is equipped with 3 USB (type-A) ports. The USB (type-A) ports can be used to
connect the included GPS receiver/antenna for navigation, a 3G Network USB
dongle for access to Internet apps, and a USB memory device or iPod/iPhone
for music playback. The Asteroid is compatible with the majority of 3G
Network USB dongles, Android smartphones, iPod/iPhones, portable digital
audio players, USB thumbdrives, and external hard drives. Use the included 5'
USB extension cable to make connecting & disconnecting your USB device or
Internet (3G) USB dongle easier.
- SD-Card Slot: The Parrot Asteroid Mini's color-screen
display is equipped with a side-panel SD-card slot. The SD-card slot
supports playback of music files stored on SD or SDHC memory cards (up to
32GB). mini SD/SDHC & micro SD/SDHC memory cards are compatible with adapter
Compatible Audio Formats: The Parrot Asteroid Mini supports
playback MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and OGG music files loaded onto a compatible USB
mass storage class device or SD/SDHC memory card (formatted in FAT32).
Apple Device Direct Connection: Any of the Parrot Asteroid
Mini's USB ports can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the unit, via
the included iPod cable or the connector cable which comes with your
iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone
5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to
the unit. The Asteroid supports audio playback of stored music from your
iPod/iPhone device and music apps from your compatible iPhone.
Note: Several minutes of loading may be necessary when
connecting your audio device (USB/SD/iPod) to the Parrot Asteroid Mini for
the first time, particularly if you are using audio peripheral with a large
capacity or containing many audio files. This loading time will allow your
audio files to be accessible via voice recognition.
Music Control: You can browse your USB device, SD/SDHC-Card,
and iPod/iPhone music files by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Playlist. Once you
have selected a category, the music content is listed alphabetically.
Voice Recognition: The Voice Recognition function allows you
to select the artist/album you want to hear via voice recognition. You can
simply access your music by pronouncing the name of the artist/album stored in
your music library and the music will be launched automatically. This function
is only available if you are using the Parrot Asteroid Mini with a USB, SD, or
Information Display: The Asteroid Mini will display your
iPod/iPhone's stored music and music app song/artist information. The unit will
also display ID3-tags and WMA-tags from USB mass storage class devices and
SD/SDHC memory cards.
Charging: USB portable audio devices that can be charged via
USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the
vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. The unit also charges your
connected iPod/iPhone device (but not the iPad). If your device has no initial
battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Parrot Asteroid is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad
model functions (as of 2/28/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connectivity ||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Dock||Bluetooth||3G||Audio||Video||Unit||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Song Info||Track # |
- *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5,
iPad 4 or iPad mini; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your
Apple device to connect to the unit. These Apple devices only
support audio playback (no video output)
- Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results.
If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head
unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work,
you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Software/Firmware Updates (via USB): You can download the
latest software/firmware updates for free from theParrot Support website via a USB thumbdrive. The USB thumbdrive (containing
the software/firmware download) is then inserted into the Asteroid Mini's USB
(type-A) port. These updates will enable you to receive new features & improve
the product's compatibility. The tested Parrot Asteroid Mini contained
firmware/software version 1.0.0 (as of 2/28/2013).
MOSFET Amplifier: The Parrot Asteroid Mini is equipped with
a 40W (Peak) x 4Ch MOSFET amplifier. You can use the Asteroid Mini's built-in
amplifier to power your factory audio system, or bypass its built-in amp and
keep your vehicle's factory amplification.
Equalizer: The Parrot Asteroid Mini allows you to adjust
low, medium, and high frequencies to your preferences. 10 EQ presets (Off,
Vocal, Pop, Club, Punchy, Deep, Crystal, Custom 1/2/3) are available. The Custom
presets activate the 7-band EQ (60, 150, 400, 1k, 2k, 6k, 15k Hz).
Virtual Super Bass Effect: The Virtual Super Bass effect
amplifies bass frequencies. The Cutoff Frequency setting allows you to select
the bass cutoff frequency for the speakers (the lowest frequency that the
speakers can generate naturally). The Virtual Super Bass will then reproduce the
frequencies that are lower than this cutoff frequency. The Effect Intensity
setting allows you to adjust the level of bass frequencies generated by the
Virtual Super Bass effect.
Loudness: The Loudness function
is a dynamic adjustment of bass & treble based on listening volume. This
function compensates for the human ear's loss of sensitivity to bass & treble
frequencies when the volume is low.
Audio Connections: The Parrot Asteroid Mini is equipped with an
3.5mm auxiliary input and two 3.5mm line-level outputs on the rear-panel of its
- AUX Input: The Parrot Asteroid Mini's hide-away box is
fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external
audio player (such as a portable MP3 player). Audio cable not included.
- Dual Line-Level Outputs: The Parrot Asteroid Mini's hide-away box
contains two 3.5mm line-level outputs (front & rear) that connect to the
line-level inputs of an external amplifier in your car audio system. Audio
cables not included. Most external amplifiers feature RCA line-level inputs,
so you will need a minijack-to-RCA adapter or cable.
- Speaker-Level Outputs: The included wiring harness contains
speaker-level output leads to tie into your vehicle's factory audio system.